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California’s ACA Rates To Rise 8.7% Next Year

Premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 8.7 percent next year, marking a return to more modest increases despite ongoing threats to the Affordable Care Act. The state marketplace, Covered California, said the rate increase for 2019 would have been closer to 5 percent if the federal penalty for going without health coverage had not…
Posted in California Healthline, Cost and Quality, Health, Insurance, Insurers, The Health Law

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Drug Prices And Unicorns

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne's Stories Erin Mershon STAT @eemershon Read Erin's Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times @sangerkatz Read Margot's Stories A trio of court actions provide news for this week’s “What the Health?’” panel. A federal appeals court this week handed hospitals a setback in their effort…
Posted in Courts, Doctors, Drug Costs, Emergency Medicine, Georgia, Health, Health Industry, Hospitals, Nutrition, Pharmaceuticals, Prescription Drugs, Public Health, Soda Tax, Trump Administration

Viewpoints: Spare End-Of-Life Costs When Seeking Health Care Savings; Why It’s OK For A Doctor To Join A Protest At The Border

Editorial pages focus on these and other health issues.…
Posted in Health, Health Care Costs, Public Health

Parsing Policy: Trump’s Set On Destroying ACA Even Though It’s Helped Tens Of Millions; Work Requirements Won’t Work

Opinion writers express views on issues related to the health law.…
Posted in Health, Medicaid

Longer Looks: Celebrities And Opioids; America’s Abortion Capital; And Guideline.gov

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: NYC To Pay Nurses Settlement After Excluding Them From ‘Physically Taxing’ Job Category; Boston Becomes Hot Spot For Tech Geared Toward Aging

Media outlets report on news from New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia, California and Florida.…
Posted in Aging, Health, Health Industry, Public Health, States

More Marijuana Legislation Focusing On Making Changes To Criminal Justice System, Helping Those Harmed By War On Drugs

“For me, the social justice piece of it is much larger than, I think, the taxing and regulating — although that is important,” said New York Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes. News on marijuana comes from Oregon, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Ohio and Florida, also.…
Posted in Health, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health, States

Pennsylvania’s High Court Allows Philadelphia’s Tax On Soda To Stand

The beverage industry argued that the tax duplicated another one, but the justices knocked that down. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, hailed the decision, saying the ruling "offers renewed hope for tens of thousands of Philadelphia children and families who struggle for better lives in the face of rampant poverty."…
Posted in Courts, Health, Public Health, States

Doctors Wage War Against Trend Of Patients Posting Inaccurate, Negative Reviews Online

Several recent cases highlight the challenges doctors face when bringing suits against patients who post negative comments on their social media or platforms like Yelp.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Rep. Jim Jordan Pulled Deeper Into Scandal Involving Allegations Against OSU’s Former Team Doctor

A group of former students sue Ohio State University, and specifically name Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in the case. Jordan maintains that he was not aware of sexual abuse allegations while he was a wrestling coach at the school.…
Posted in Courts, Health, Public Health, States

Having 5 Or More Babies Increases Women’s Chance Of Being Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s By 70 Percent

The study also found that women who had experienced one or two incomplete pregnancies were much less likely to develop Alzheimer's than women who had never been pregnant. In other public health news: study backs up assumptions that children of lesbians have no difference in adulthood than others; CDC warns about another food-related illness; heart failure is on the decline…
Posted in Aging, Health, Mental Health, Public Health

‘Model Of Despair’ In Young People After Great Recession Blamed For Ballooning Rates Of Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer

Rates from cirrhosis had been on the decline, but then took a sharp turn upward starting in 2009. "Dying from cirrhosis, you never wish this on anybody," said lead author Elliot Tapper.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

First Edition: July 19, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

Children With Disabilities Endure Long Waits For Life-Changing Medical Equipment

Bev Baker-Ajene waited so long to get an adult-sized wheelchair for her teenage daughter, Savitri, that she eventually forgot she’d ordered it. For the better part of a year, Baker-Ajene pushed Savitri — who has cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia and epilepsy — in a child-sized chair that was too small for her. Baker-Ajene said she also has run into problems…
Posted in California Healthline, Children's Health, Cost and Quality, Disabilities, Health, Insurance, Medi-Cal, Medicaid

From Crib To Court: Trump Administration Summons Immigrant Infants

The Trump administration has summoned at least 70 children under 1 year old to immigration court for their own deportation proceedings since Oct. 1, according to new Justice Department data provided exclusively to Kaiser Health News. These children, who may be staying with a sponsor or in a foster care arrangement, need frequent touching and bonding with a parent and…
Posted in Courts, Health, HHS, Immigrants, Mental Health, Public Health, Trump Administration

Viewpoints: Lessons On How To Reform, Improve Quality Of Health Care; Single-Payer Cost Estimate Isn’t Really So Shocking

Opinion writers focus on these and other health topics.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health

Viewpoints: Lessons On How To Reform, Improve Quality Of Health Care; Single-Payer Cost Estimate Isn’t Really So Shocking

Opinion writers focus on these and other health topics.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health

Perspectives: The Drug Industry Is Still Getting Away With Murder, Now It’s Just With The President’s Help

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.…
Posted in Health, Pharmaceuticals

Perspectives: The Drug Industry Is Still Getting Away With Murder, Now It’s Just With The President’s Help

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.…
Posted in Health, Pharmaceuticals

The Next Big Question Over Amazon’s Foray Into Prescription Drugs: What Will It Do About PBMs?

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Industry, Pharmaceuticals

The Next Big Question Over Amazon’s Foray Into Prescription Drugs: What Will It Do About PBMs?

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Industry, Pharmaceuticals

State Highlights: Mass. Children With Mental Illnesses Spending Days Stuck In ER; Ex-Students File Suit Against OSU Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, California, Texas, Puerto Rico, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Missouri.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health, States

State Highlights: Mass. Children With Mental Illnesses Spending Days Stuck In ER; Ex-Students File Suit Against OSU Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, California, Texas, Puerto Rico, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Missouri.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health, States

Less Than Half Of Schools Across Country Test For Lead, But 37 Percent Of Those That Do Show Elevated Levels

There's currently no federal law for schools to test for lead. In other public health news: an Alzheimer's test, chronic brain injuries, gene-editing, aspirin, vaping, sleep and more.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Less Than Half Of Schools Across Country Test For Lead, But 37 Percent Of Those That Do Show Elevated Levels

There's currently no federal law for schools to test for lead. In other public health news: an Alzheimer's test, chronic brain injuries, gene-editing, aspirin, vaping, sleep and more.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Study Sheds Light On Need For More Research About Teens’ Smartphone Usage, ADHD Symptoms

The research suggests that there's at least a casual link, but experts don't know the extent of the connection.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Study Sheds Light On Need For More Research About Teens’ Smartphone Usage, ADHD Symptoms

The research suggests that there's at least a casual link, but experts don't know the extent of the connection.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Trends With Anti-Anxiety Pills Hearken Back To Early Days Of Opioid Crisis

Experts say that not only is overprescribing of "benzos" putting people at risk for dependence, but are also exacerbating overdoses from opioids. News on the drug epidemic comes out of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida, as well.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health, States

Trends With Anti-Anxiety Pills Hearken Back To Early Days Of Opioid Crisis

Experts say that not only is overprescribing of "benzos" putting people at risk for dependence, but are also exacerbating overdoses from opioids. News on the drug epidemic comes out of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida, as well.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health, States

In Disputes Over Fertilized Eggs, Courts Often Rule For Party Who Wants Them Destroyed. Arizona Law May Change That.

Previous rulings have mostly come down on the side of the person who does not want to have the baby, with the idea that no one should be forced to become a parent. But new legislation in Arizona favors the party who intends to help the fertilized eggs “develop to birth.”…
Posted in Courts, Health, Public Health

In Disputes Over Fertilized Eggs, Courts Often Rule For Party Who Wants Them Destroyed. Arizona Law May Change That.

Previous rulings have mostly come down on the side of the person who does not want to have the baby, with the idea that no one should be forced to become a parent. But new legislation in Arizona favors the party who intends to help the fertilized eggs “develop to birth.”…
Posted in Courts, Health, Public Health

White House Cautions Lawmakers Against Raising Spending Caps To Accommodate Popular Veterans Health Program

In other news on veterans health care, a new top health official is named at Veterans Affairs but only temporarily, and the Kansas medical board revokes the license of a former VA doctor.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Care Costs, Insurance, Public Health

White House Cautions Lawmakers Against Raising Spending Caps To Accommodate Popular Veterans Health Program

In other news on veterans health care, a new top health official is named at Veterans Affairs but only temporarily, and the Kansas medical board revokes the license of a former VA doctor.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Care Costs, Insurance, Public Health

Despite Topping Profit Expectations, UnitedHealth Underwhelms Some On Wall Street

The insurer lost customers from a core business: administering health coverage for large employers. CEO David Wichmann said that the company is not performing to its full potential and went on to tout digital health as a key part to its future success.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Insurance

Despite Topping Profit Expectations, UnitedHealth Underwhelms Some On Wall Street

The insurer lost customers from a core business: administering health coverage for large employers. CEO David Wichmann said that the company is not performing to its full potential and went on to tout digital health as a key part to its future success.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Insurance

First Edition: July 18, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

Hurricane Maria Still Taking A Toll On Puerto Rico’s Seniors

The question of who will care for Puerto Rico’s aging population is a growing crisis, says Dr. Angel Muñoz, a clinical psychologist and researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. The island’s elderly population is particularly at risk amid the new Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30. Earlier this year, a study by Harvard…
Posted in Aging, Health, Multimedia, Public Health, Puerto Rico

Viewpoints: Time To See Child Abuse As Public Health Crisis; Find A Solution To VA Job Vacancies

Editorial pages focus on these and other health topics.…
Posted in Health, Medicaid, Mental Health, The Health Law

Perspectives: Heartless Policies At The Border? Zero-Tolerance, Zero Asylum

Opinion writers weigh in on health impacts of the Trump administration's policies at the border.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: Single-Payer Could Cost Maryland $24B A Year; Red-Flag, Waiting Period Gun Bills Signed Into Law By Illinois Governor

Media outlets report on news from Maryland, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, California, New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina, Colorado and Ohio.…
Posted in Health, States

Texas Judge Mentions Possible Supreme Court Abortion Shift During Start Of Fetal Burial Trial

The state argues that required fetal burial will ensure the dignity of the unborn by treating the fetal tissue differently from other medical waste that is incinerated and spread in sanitary landfills.…
Posted in Health, States

Field Of Psychology Self-Evaluates As Foundational Experiments Keep Getting Overturned

There have been several attacks recently on the "classic" experiments that help make up the way we think about human behavior. In other news: cognitive tests, cancer treatments, eye infections, prion disease, ICUs and more.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Mental Health, Public Health

Scientists Always Knew Gene-Editing Wreaked Havoc. They Didn’t Know Just How Much.

The DNA damage found in the new study included deletions of thousands of DNA bases, including at spots far from the edit. Shares of the companies involved in the editing fell on the news.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Urgent Care Patients Prescribed Antibiotics At Three Times Rate Of Those Going To Traditional Doctors’ Office

There's a growing threat of superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, and overprescribing is one area that is being looked at. Meanwhile, doctors are having to think creatively as bacteria evolves to elude traditional treatment.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Rural Hospitals Closing At Dangerous Rate For Pregnant Women Stuck Hundreds Of Miles From Care

Researchers estimate that fewer than half of the country’s rural counties still have a hospital that offers obstetric care. “We can’t keep a hospital. What is our community coming to?” Kela Abernathy said. In other women's health news, a judge rules in favor of the Trump administration over its proposed funding rules for the family-planning program, and many women treated…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

If Defendants With Substance Abuse Disorders Relapse They Can Be Sent To Jail, Court Unanimously Rules

The case was closely watched because it pitted the traditional method of punishment versus the new thinking that treatment is best for drug addiction. Justice David A. Lowy wrote that a judge has the power and discretion to determine probation requirements tailored to an individual and that further probation’s twin goals: rehabilitation and public safety. Judges, he said, “stand on…
Posted in Courts, Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Juul Hopes To Replicate Success From America By Launching E-Cigarettes In U.K.

Juul products have become a focus of public health advocates who worry about kids smoking e-cigarettes in schools.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry

First Edition: July 17, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

States Attacking ACA Would Hurt Most If Shield On Preexisting Conditions Were Axed

If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose. “These states have been opposed to the ACA from the beginning,” said Gerald Kominski, a senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “They’re hurting their…
Posted in California Healthline, Courts, Health, Insurance, Preexisting Conditions, States, The Health Law

Staggering Prices Slow Insurers’ Coverage Of CAR-T Cancer Therapy

Patients whose blood cancers have failed to respond to repeated rounds of chemotherapy may be candidates for a new type of gene therapy that could send their cancers into remission for years. But the two approved therapies, with price tags of hundreds of thousands of dollars, have roiled the insurance approval process, leading to delays and, in some cases, denials…
Posted in Cancer, Drug Costs, Health, Health Care Costs, Insurance, Insuring Your Health, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

Viewpoints: Lessons From The Administration’s Spin On War On Poverty and Medicaid Work Requirements

Editorial pages look at these and other health issues.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Different Takes: Why We’re Standing Up For The Right To Abortion; What’s With All The Cheerleading?

Opinion writers focus on the health issue of abortion.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: Death Of Ill New Jersey Woman After Power Was Shut Off Raises Alarms; Oregon Serves As Model For Adult Foster Care System

Media outlets report on news from New Jersey, Oregon, New York, New Hampshire, Kansas, Vermont, North Carolina, Ohio, California, Maryland, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Virginia.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health, States

America Has A Long And Complicated Relationship With Infant Feeding And Formula

Infant formula is a $70 billion industry today. But that wasn't always the case. In other public health news: mobile food banks, medical records, heat waves, plastic straws, blood pressure, bone density, trauma victims, and more.…
Posted in Aging, Health, Health Industry, Mental Health, Public Health

It May Seem Like Contaminated Food Outbreaks Are On The Rise, But Experts Say Detection Is Just Getting Better

This year, outbreaks have dominated headlines, but experts say that's just because there's better technology to track them. Meanwhile, McDonald's has pulled salads from certain places after customers were infected with a parasite.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

FDA Approves Drug That Could Be Used To Treat Smallpox In Case Of A Bioterrorism Attack

Smallpox was eradicated decades ago but public health officials have feared the virus could be used in an attack against people born since then who haven't been vaccinated.…
Posted in Health, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

New York Health Officials Point To Reduction In Opioid Deaths As Reason To Legalize Marijuana

“Studies have found notable associations of reductions in opioid prescribing and opioid deaths with the availability of marijuana products,” the report from New York's Health Department found. “States with medical marijuana programs have been found to have lower rates of opioid overdose deaths than other states.” More news on the crisis also comes out of Canada, Colorado, New Hampshire and…
Posted in Health, Public Health, States

New CMS Pay Proposals Could Undermine Shift Toward A Value-Based System, Doctors Say

Doctors say that the agency's attempt to reduce burden on providers may have gone too far. Meanwhile, some health systems are countering the thinking that doctors are a drain on hospitals' finances.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Insurance, Medicare

As Arkansas’ New Medicaid Requirements Go Into Effect, 7,000 Beneficiaries Fail To Report 80 Hours Of Work

Critics worry that there are people within that group who are working but haven't been able to report it due to lack of internet access. Medicaid news also comes out of Maine, Oklahoma, Connecticut and Florida.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Insurance, Medicaid, States, Uninsured

Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Set Stage For Path Forward If Roe Is Overturned

Voters in West Virginia and Alabama will weigh in on initiatives this fall that would amend their respective state constitutions to declare that abortion rights are not protected. That would pave the way for conservative state legislatures to ban or restrict abortion if the Supreme Court acts.…
Posted in Courts, Health, Public Health

First Edition: July 16, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

California Clinic Screens Asylum Seekers For Honesty

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dr. Nick Nelson walks through busy Highland Hospital to a sixth-floor exam room, where he sees patients from around the world who say they have fled torture and violence. Nelson, who practices internal medicine, is the medical director of the Highland Human Rights Clinic, part of the Alameda Health System. A few times each week, he and…
Posted in Clinics, Courts, Disparities, Doctors, Health, Immigrants, Mental Health, Trump Administration

In Florida, Midterm Elections Hold Faint Hope For Medicaid Expansion

Can the deep-red Florida Statehouse follow Virginia and expand Medicaid? Highly unlikely anytime soon, many state political analysts say. It’s been three years since the Florida legislature last debated — and overwhelmingly rejected —Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Republicans — who have controlled the governor’s office and both legislative chambers for nearly all of the past two decades…
Posted in florida, Health, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, States, The Health Law

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. On this Friday the 13th, we’re wrapping up another week dominated by the upcoming battle over the next Supreme Court justice and the administration’s scramble to reunite separated families — not…
Posted in Abortion, Children's Health, CMS, Courts, Drug Costs, Health, Health Industry, HHS, Insurers, Legislation, Obamacare Plans, Opioids, Premiums, Prescription Drugs, Public Health, Trump Administration, U.S. Congress, Women's Health

Facebook Live: The Marketing Plan That Fueled An Addiction Epidemic

Files from Fred’s basement: KHN senior correspondent Fred Schulte talks about a cache of files detailing Purdue Pharma’s early OxyContin marketing plan. These documents, which are more than 15 years old but still relevant now, offer insights into how these strategies contributed to the nation’s current opioid addiction epidemic. Here’s the recent story he wrote on the topic. Click here…
Posted in Facebook Live, Health, Health Industry, Mental Health, Multimedia, Opioids, Substance Abuse

Viewpoints: Kavanaugh’s Speech To Heritage Foundation Spells Doom For Health Law; Dr. Gawande Is Exactly Right CEO To Cure Health Care Ills

Opinion writers focus on issues impacting the health law and other health topics.…
Posted in Health, Medicaid, Mental Health, Public Health

Research Roundup: Individual Mandate; Food Insecurity; And Medigap Enrollment

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: Legionnaires’ Outbreak Hits New York City; Nurses At Vermont’s Largest Hospital Launch Strike

Media outlets report on news from New York, Vermont, Missouri, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Maryland, Oregon, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida.…
Posted in Health, States

Creating Threat Assessment Teams In High Schools Could Prevent Shootings, Secret Service Report Says

The comprehensive guide encourages schools to create an atmosphere where students can report problematic behavior without feeling like a "snitch." In other public health news: adoption programs, testosterone, ticks, heat waves, sleep apnea, e-cigarettes, and more.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Parasitic Illness Increases To More Than 100, Possibly Traced To McDonald’s Salads In Illinois, Iowa

"Approximately one-fourth of Illinois cases reported eating salads from McDonald's in the days before they became ill," a statement from the Illinois Department of Health said. In other food safety news, a salmonella outbreak is linked to Honey Smacks cereal.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Medicare May Start Paying Doctors For Certain Telehealth Services

The move would be particularly important in rural areas and for elderly patients. "We're not intending to replace office visits but rather to augment them and create new access points for patients," CMS Administrator Seema Verma said.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Medicare

White House Suggests Congress Pass Federal Work Requirement Law For Medicaid Beneficiaries

The proposal comes just weeks after a federal judge struck down Kentucky's push to impose such standards on its Medicaid enrollees.…
Posted in Health, Medicaid

Justice Department Initiative Targeting Synthetic Opioids Will Hyper-Focus On Counties To Try To Eradicate Drugs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the project, which is based on a successful model in Manatee County, Florida. The program will provide a new assistant U.S. attorney to districts in New Hampshire, California, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.…
Posted in Courts, Health, Health Industry, Public Health, States

FDA Wants To Be Granted Expanded Authority To Intervene In Drug Shortages

While the number of drugs in shortage is down from a peak several years ago, many supply interruptions are lasting much longer -- sometimes well over a year. Right now, there's not much the agency can do, but FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says he wants to get more aggressive in protecting patients from the shortfalls.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

Pfizer CEO Has Knack For Making A Profit, But He Misplayed The Optics Of Raising Prices In Current Atmosphere

Like clockwork, Pfizer has been raising prices every six months, flying under the radar because most pharma companies were doing the same. But then the company caught the attention of President Donald Trump, and everything changed. In other pharmaceutical news: Novartis ditches antibiotics research; a patient advocacy group highlights a New Jersey candidate's ties to high prices; and an experimental…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Industry, Pharmaceuticals

First Edition: July 13, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

First Edition: July 13, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes

For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. Needles. A glucose meter. Insulin. The increasing cost of Type 1 diabetes, one of the most common serious chronic diseases, has created heavy financial burdens for families and generated controversy, with insulin prices more than doubling…
Posted in Chronic Disease Care, Cost and Quality, Diabetes, Drug Costs, Health, Health Industry, Study, Vaccines

Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes

For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. Needles. A glucose meter. Insulin. The increasing cost of Type 1 diabetes, one of the most common serious chronic diseases, has created heavy financial burdens for families and generated controversy, with insulin prices more than doubling…
Posted in Chronic Disease Care, Cost and Quality, Diabetes, Drug Costs, Health, Health Industry, Study, Vaccines

‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records

ITHACA, N.Y. — Most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they had reported to the government, according to new federal data, bolstering the long-held suspicions of many families that staffing levels were often inadequate. The records for the first time reveal frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. On the worst-staffed…
Posted in Aging, CMS, End Of Life, Health, Health Industry, Medicaid, Neglect Unchecked, Nurses, Nursing Homes

‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records

ITHACA, N.Y. — Most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they had reported to the government, according to new federal data, bolstering the long-held suspicions of many families that staffing levels were often inadequate. The records for the first time reveal frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. On the worst-staffed…
Posted in Aging, CMS, End Of Life, Health, Health Industry, Medicaid, Neglect Unchecked, Nurses, Nursing Homes

Look-Up: How Nursing Home Staffing Fluctuates Nationwide

Posted in CMS, Health, Health Industry, Neglect Unchecked, Nurses, Nursing Homes

Look-Up: How Nursing Home Staffing Fluctuates Nationwide

Posted in CMS, Health, Health Industry, Neglect Unchecked, Nurses, Nursing Homes

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ ACA Under Fire. Again.

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News @Julie_Appleby Read Julie's Stories Anna Edney Bloomberg @annaedney Read Anna's Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times @sangerkatz Read Margot's Stories Democrats in the Senate are gearing up to fight President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. They argue he…
Posted in Children's Health, Cost and Quality, Courts, Drug Costs, Health, HHS, Insurance, Insurers, Multimedia, Nutrition, Pharmaceuticals, Podcast, Premiums, Repeal And Replace Watch, Tax Penalties, The Health Law, Trump Administration, Women's Health

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ ACA Under Fire. Again.

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News @Julie_Appleby Read Julie's Stories Anna Edney Bloomberg @annaedney Read Anna's Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times @sangerkatz Read Margot's Stories Democrats in the Senate are gearing up to fight President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. They argue he…
Posted in Children's Health, Cost and Quality, Courts, Drug Costs, Health, HHS, Insurance, Insurers, Multimedia, Nutrition, Pharmaceuticals, Podcast, Premiums, Repeal And Replace Watch, Tax Penalties, The Health Law, Trump Administration, Women's Health

Viewpoints: Lessons Learned From Kavanaugh’s Health Law Decisions; Future Of Abortion Rights Rests In The States

Editorial pages focus on these and other health issues.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health

Viewpoints: Lessons Learned From Kavanaugh’s Health Law Decisions; Future Of Abortion Rights Rests In The States

Editorial pages focus on these and other health issues.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health

Parsing Policies: Choose Politicians Who Want To Keep Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions

Opinion pages express views on various aspects of the health law.…
Posted in Health

Parsing Policies: Choose Politicians Who Want To Keep Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions

Opinion pages express views on various aspects of the health law.…
Posted in Health

Longer Looks: Miscarrying In Detention; The Obamacare Wars; And An Evangelical Minister’s Change Of Heart

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.…
Posted in Health

Longer Looks: Miscarrying In Detention; The Obamacare Wars; And An Evangelical Minister’s Change Of Heart

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: Failure To Meet Standards Might Lead To Closure Of New York Organ Collecting Agency; Texans Skipping Needed Health Care Due To Costs

Media outlets report on news from New York, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, Delaware, California, Florida and New Hampshire.…
Posted in Health, States

State Highlights: Failure To Meet Standards Might Lead To Closure Of New York Organ Collecting Agency; Texans Skipping Needed Health Care Due To Costs

Media outlets report on news from New York, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, Delaware, California, Florida and New Hampshire.…
Posted in Health, States

Creating A Safety Plan For Patients Who End Up In Hospital For Suicide Attempt Can Have ‘Phenomenal’ Results

The small step has proven to be simple yet effective at a time when patients are at their most vulnerable for another attempt. In other public health news: high blood pressure, diets, positive people, mysterious attacks, anti-aging drugs, and more.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Mental Health, Public Health

Creating A Safety Plan For Patients Who End Up In Hospital For Suicide Attempt Can Have ‘Phenomenal’ Results

The small step has proven to be simple yet effective at a time when patients are at their most vulnerable for another attempt. In other public health news: high blood pressure, diets, positive people, mysterious attacks, anti-aging drugs, and more.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Mental Health, Public Health

New, Faster Method Of Gene Editing Allows Scientists To Turn T Cells Into ‘Living Cancer Drugs’

“We're living in an amazing moment in cancer immunotherapies,” said microbiologist Alexander Marson, co-author of the study that appears in Nature. In other news on cancer research, "re-homing" cells are found to improve survival in mice.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

New, Faster Method Of Gene Editing Allows Scientists To Turn T Cells Into ‘Living Cancer Drugs’

“We're living in an amazing moment in cancer immunotherapies,” said microbiologist Alexander Marson, co-author of the study that appears in Nature. In other news on cancer research, "re-homing" cells are found to improve survival in mice.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Despite U.S. Attempts To Water Down Global Breast-Feeding Resolution, States Are Actually Making Strides To Protect It

Recent laws have now made it legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states, while others have been passed to strengthen workplace protections for nursing mothers.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Despite U.S. Attempts To Water Down Global Breast-Feeding Resolution, States Are Actually Making Strides To Protect It

Recent laws have now made it legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states, while others have been passed to strengthen workplace protections for nursing mothers.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Distributors Funneled Equivalent Of About 260 Opioid Pills For Every Person Into Missouri During 5-Year Period

The findings come from a congressional investigation into drug distributors and their potential failure to report suspicious prescription activity. The report, in particular, focused on the disparity between what AmerisourceBergen and McKesson flagged. The two distributors shipped nearly identical volumes of opioids to Missouri, but the number of suspicious orders each company reported were nowhere close: 224 from AmerisourceBergen and…
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